Billy Graham's grandson, LU law professor, talks his legacy after his death at 99
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Rev. Billy Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a family spokesperson confirms, at the age of 99 on Wednesday, February 21.
Graham's spiritual journey began more than 60 years ago in 1949 with his first crusade in Los Angeles.
His connection to Lynchburg is a deep one; the Graham family attended Jerry Falwell, Sr.'s funeral in 2007 and after his death released a statement saying, "Jerry Falwell was a close personal friend for many years. We did not always agree on everything, but I knew him to be a man of God."
According to Liberty, five of Graham's grandchildren and several of his great-grandchildren graduated from LU.
His third oldest grandson is currently a professor of law at Liberty University's School of Law.
He hopes his grandfather's legacy will not just continue in this generation, but in generations to come.
When Boz Tchividjian was a little boy, he remembers going to one of Daddy Bill's meetings.
"I remember thinking for the first time, 'Daddy Bill is not like every other grandfather,' and realizing the profound impact that this man I knew as Daddy bill was having on the world around him," said Tchividjian.
Tchividjian said he got to witness firsthand the creation of a legacy.
"I love the fact that the private Billy Graham, and the public Billy Graham were the same person," he said, describing Graham as one of the most humble people he'd ever known. "Daddy Bill would pick up the phone and within a few minutes would get the Presidents of the United States on the phone and chat, and within a couple of minutes he's finished with the call, he pulls the chair out for the lady that's been helping them cook for dinner, and invites them to join them for dinner."
Daddy Bill never thought he was more special or unique than the next person.
He taught his family and millions of others that it isn't just about the words of the gospel, but your actions that matter as well.
"My grandfather didn't hide this as well, that Christians aren't people who have it all together, though we sometimes portray we do, we're messy," Tchividjian said. "It's OK for the world to see that we're messy, that's what drives us to Jesus."
Tchividjian got to have his final words with his grandfather a couple of months ago at his home in North Carolina.
"We held his hand, we were able to share a few words with him, he was able to share with us that he loved us," he said. "I'll look back to that moment often in the years to come."
Tchividjian said so far, funeral arrangements have not been set.